• Watching the Carolina Fall Classic videos

    N.B.: I am uploading the videos from last weekend as we speak but getting “unknown errors” from YouTube.  Video links coming as soon as I can get them working.

    Just finished watching a couple of heats’ worth of video of us from the Carolina Fall Classic last weekend.  Good news: we do not look as bad as I feared we might.  In particular, I do not look as lumpy and saggy in my JulioJulio dress as one unlucky still photo from Baton Rouge had led me to believe.  More good news: neither of our kamikaze-style Viennese Waltz attempts was captured on video.

    Now for the bad news.  Looking at these videos, I can see why we didn’t get good marks.  Our routines are interesting, but our fundamentals aren’t good:

    • Footwork is steppy and tentative instead of smooth and strong.
    • Posture is bad–Daniel’s forehead is way up by my ear.
    • Contact isn’t consistent in hold–in one shot you can clearly see daylight between our hip bones.
    • Transitions in & out of hold are sloppy.
    • I’m dancing into the floor rather than across it–my steps look stompy.
    • We are not aggressive enough and therefore not covering floor as we should.
    • Tango is too bouncy.
    • Foxtrot is not bouncy enough.
    • I was so glad we got the choreography right that I didn’t even notice rise & fall in waltz, which probably means it wasn’t there.
    • Relatedly, we are failing to use our knees in any of the dances.
    • We are clearly neither dancing our routines smoothly as written nor improvising believably.

    Adequate practice–the one thing we haven’t had in the past–is the only cure.

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